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tv   Senator Schumer on FBI Director Firing  CSPAN  May 10, 2017 9:12pm-9:22pm EDT

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vote on rod rosenstein and say he cannot a fair. that he has some -- somehow an appearance of a conflict of interest necessary to point a special counsel. which, by the way is also reports to the leadership at the department of justice. give mr. rosenstein a chance to demonstrate that he is capable of leading that the departmentf of justice understanding that our role in congress is not to pursue a criminal investigation and case. that is the job of the department of justice but our forin parallel fashion oversight reasons and to let the american people and ourselves know exactly what happened. that is why the investigation of , selectrtisan senate committee on intelligence is so important. in addition to the hearings we are having on the judiciary
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committee which the senator from a soda and i happen to be on as well. bottomeed to get to the of what happened and i am confident we will. it is our duty and we will get the job done. democraticning, the cause for this caucus met to discuss the consequences of mr. comey's dismissal. there are many questions to be answered and many answers to be taken -- actions to be taken. we will be pursuing several things in the coming days and weeks that we decided in our caucus and we will have more to say about the next steps in the days ahead. there are three things that are that our caucus agreed must happen. nott, mr. rosenstein should read the one to appoint a special prosecutor. that responsibility should go to the highest serving career civil servant at the department of justice.
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second, mr. comey is needed more than ever to testify before the senate, third, attorney general sessions and deputy attorney general rosenstein should brief all senators on these events separately and in a classified setting if necessary, and they should do it soon because the are swirling about. there are more every day, almost every hour. the me go over each. first, it is the overwhelming view of my caucus that a special prosecutor must be appointed to conduct the investigation into the trump campaign plus times -- ties to russia. mr. rosenstein cannot be the person to appoint him. serious doubts have been cast on mr. rosenstein's impartiality for two reasons. first, there are many reports with rodctor comey met
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rosenstein last week to make a request for more resources for intowith the investigation the trump campaign's ties to russia. that would make the timing of this firing even more suspect. and second, mr. rosenstein signed his name to a highly political memo arguing for director comey's dismissal and made no complaint about the involvement of the attorney general who had recused himself from all matters relating to the russian investigation. in recommending the firing of the man who is leading it. it is hard to believe a seasoned prosecutor without bias would have allowed sessions to be part of this. it is also hard to believe that a seasoned prosecutor would write such a memo which seemed highly political, not in the
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kind of language, not with the kind of annotations that prosecutors normally write. that facts make it clear the decision to appoint a special prosecutor should go to the highest ranking civil servant at the department of justice. mr. rosenstein and other clinical appointees appointed by the president who they are supposed to investigate should not be the ones making the call on a special prosecutor, lest that decision be seen as at theced or worse, made direction of the administration. americano ensure the people that they can have criminale in arc -- justice system to conduct the investigation impartially. the best and only way to do that now would be for a career civil servant at the department of justice to be the person who
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decides on a special prosecutor. it should not be a political appointee who make such a decision. that was brought up in our meeting, senator feinstein's be madet the appointed by someone who is a career civil servant, not a political appointee and the widespread support of our thoughts and is the only fair thing to do. second, we learned that mr. comey will not be appearing before the intelligence committee tomorrow. in his stead is andrew mccabe. there are so many unanswered .uestions democrats hope and expect he will come before the senate and i for one salute senator burr and senator warner for inviting
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him to testify next week before the intelligence committee. it is the right thing to do. we ought to hear from mr. comey. at this moment, a profound doubt about the reasons and timing of fbi director comey's firing by the president. about the status and the serious investigation into the trump campaign and russia by his agency. we require answers. recentrd, the revelations about the rosenstein and comey meeting demand that the attorney general and the deputy attorney general, attorney general sessions, rosenstein, brief the senate and answer questions because of so things. that briefing could be classified if necessary, may be part classified, part not.
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each briefing should be done separately. let me speak plainly. the prospect for the presidency colluded with a higher -- a foreign power. it is as grave a topic of investigation as it should be. it gets to the heart of our democracy. a fair and free election of our representatives. andfact that mr. rosenstein attorney general sessions were .nvolved they must come before us to ask questions and leader of khanna will-- a leader o'connell [inaudible]
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the fact that mr. rosenstein which came out after i made my request, the fact that mr. rosenstein i'll reports had a reportswith -- by all had a meeting with director comey where, he asked for more resources makes it all the more important for rosenstein might be the reason that he was fired because he was pursuing the investigation in an accelerated way that was very much needed. so what we're seeking, the tone thing we're -- the only thing we are seeking, is that the investigations are carried out in an impartial and independent way, that we get all the facts, that we get to the very bottom of it. all we are seeking is some assurance that the subject of this investigation is not able to influence it or, god forbid,
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quash it. the topic of this investigation itself is very serious. the possibility that the investigation is being impeded or tampered with is even worse. that threatens the integrity of our criminal justice system and the hallowed american belief in rule of law. i believe this rises far above party labels. i believe it rises far above partisan politics. i have been heartened that several republicans have expressed concerns, and i hope and expect our republican friends will join us in these efforts to make sure this investigation is conducted in the manner it deserves. we want congress's role to be nonpartisan, looking at the good of neither political party, but much rather for the good of our dear country.

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